to oversee the response to superstorm sandy. >> this is going to be a big and powerful storm. >> the president is urging residents to heed warnings from officials. parts when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. do not delay. do not question. do not question the instructions given. this is a serious storm. >> homeland security secretary to the public, says the government is using all resources at its command. she says fema has positioned response teams up and down the coast. >> that means moving teams in from other parts of the country to immediately get in to help with recovery and response. the coast guard is focused on search and rescue. >> the advancing storm battered chortens in new jersey. in new york, lower areas are already flooding. the subway section is shut down and so is the stock exchange. in the capital, amman-essential federal workers were told to stay home. -- all non-essential federal workers were told to stay home. >> it is not that bad yet. we have had a tail wind the entire way out. heading home will be rough. >> the traffic lights are working.